Top Cdn BE: History of Biofuels

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June 26, 2017,

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In this review, I have attempted to identify the inventors and entrepreneurs behind the biofuel technologies listed in the table above. 1 Many are unknown in the modern biofuel literature and far pre-date the names often quoted. Though biofuels appear to have only recently emerged (in response to the threat of climate change), this review illustrates the long rich tradition of their development and utility… by Gerald Kutney

Scientists, engineers and inventors are putting great effort towards developing advanced lignocellulosic biofuels in Canada. Some examples include cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and synthetic natural gas. It is interesting to consider how this might impact the wood pellet industry. Could lignocellulosic biofuels become so valuable that their production will use up all the forestry residues currently being used as raw material for wood pellets?... by Gord Murray.

A new technology will allow local farmers to get more cash out of their cash crops without any extra work. Comet Biorefining has developed a technology that takes crop-residue such as corn stover (leftover leaves, cobs, and stalks) and wheat straw and converts it to dextrose sugar which has a myriad of industrial applications. Comet is currently building a production plant in Sarnia and is expecting work to be complete in 2018. When dextrose production begins, the nearly 60,000 tonnes of crop-residue Comet needs each year will come from the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative (CSPC)… by Travis Poland.

S2G BioChem, a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, recently announced that it has started work on the company’s first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant that it intends to build in Sarnia, Ontario. The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G’s patented process to produce the lowest-cost and highest-value food ingredient xylitol available on the market today while coproducing value-add bioglycols for a new generation of consumer, industrial and packaging and products… by SG2 BioChem

There are now some very visible signs that preparatory work is well underway at the site of what will be a wood pellet mill in Enterprise. On June 16, Brad Mapes, majority owner of Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd., took The Hub for a tour of the mill site on 320 hectares of land he bought from the Hamlet of Enterprise.,, by Paul Bickford.